Slow Food – The Battle for Quality Food

Americans are constantly on the go, with little or no time to relax. People cram their days with activity after activity. With such a fast-paced lifestyle, eating a leisurely meal is rare. In 2016, 44% of Americans ate fast food every week The meal of choice is usually a hamburger or chicken sandwich with fries […]

Strategic Planning in For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations

Every organization has a mission. The mission of a typical for-profit company is to grow the business and make money. The mission of a non-profit organization is to take care of an unmet need in the community, state, nation or world. Strategic planning is the process of mapping out goals, resources, market conditions, and ultimately […]

Avoid These Costly Facilitation Mistakes in Strategic Planning Sessions

Every successful organization needs a strategic plan. Planning sessions are a key component of developing one, and an experienced facilitator can make or break the process. The Right Facilitator – The Key to Every Successful Strategic Planning Session A company has to have the right facilitator run each of its strategic planning meetings. This person has […]

Strategic Planning During Uncertainty

Times Have Changed Not long ago a business could plan five, 10 or even 20 years into the future. They could set goals on sales and profits. Often they would reach or exceed them. Everything has changed. The financial crisis of 2008 shook businesses to the core. It became more difficult, if not impossible, for […]

Add To Your Bottom Line

Why Do Some Companies Put Profits Above All Else? All too frequently we hear horror stories about companies that Provide horrible customer service, Don’t take care of their employees, or Hurt the environment. Pure and simple, the reason is greed – the all-consuming drive to increase executive compensation and “shareholder value”. For example, From 2000 […]

Fighting Bias to Make Better Decisions

Overcome bias to make better decisions. Most people act rationally, at least when it comes to business decisions. That is certainly what I was taught in business school. The theory is that most people will act in their own self-interest, and make careful decisions based on all of the available facts. If they hear about […]

On a Mission?

Most books on strategy and developing business plans will tell you that your mission statement is key to your company’s future. Yet most mission statements are so lofty and vague that they are frequently interchangeable and often completely useless. Here we discuss the basics of mission statements, give some examples of good ones and bad […]

Making Better Business Decisions

How to make better business decisions. Every business owner has to make tough decisions with uncertain outcomes. That is the nature of the job, and it is as true today as it was thirty years ago. But there are two big differences between decision making then and decision making today. Decisions happen faster and on […]

Is Chipotle Sustainable?

Chipotle is well known for their emphasis on healthy food, ethical treatment of workers, and the quality and consistency of their supply chain. However, the outbreaks of E. coli, and more recently, norovirus, at Chipotle restaurants has damaged the company’s previous stellar reputation in the fast food world. Analysts expect an 8% to 10% drop […]